The Edina Hornets sting the Pioneers title hopes, win 2013 state championship

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Edina closes in on a goal. Photo by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.
Edina goalie Willie Benjamin saved 25 of 27 shots in title game.
Photo credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

The 2013 Minnesota State High School Boys Hockey Tournament wrapped up on March 9 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The final game of class AA saw the number three seed Edina Hornets facing the formidable number one seed Hill Murray Pioneers. The Horn were the better team in 2013 and pulled off a win with a final score of 4-2 over the Hill Murray Pioneers.

The Pioneers kicked off the scoring in the fourth minute of play when Josh French put one in the back of the net. Edina responded about two minutes later when a determined Dylan Malmquist shed a few defenders, crossed in front of the crease and snuck one behind Hill-Murray goalie John Dugas. The Pioneers would add another at the 11:56 mark of the first period when Cullen Munson scored his first goal of the game.

The second period saw Edina puck up two goals, one more for Munson and Anthony Walsh scored an unassisted goal as well. Hill Murray made it interesting when French scored his second goal of the game less than a minute after Walsh’s goal and with less than two minutes remaining in the period.

In the end Hill Murray could not match the physical play of Edina and the Pioneers fall 4-2 after a scoreless third period.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report and Examiner.com for continued coverage of Minnesota sports. Boys and Girls basketball are next on the agenda after a couple Wild games and the college hockey tournaments.

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